Establishments used for the breeding of dogs are controlled by the
- Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 and 1991
- Breeding and Sale of Dogs ( Welfare) Act 1999
No person may keep a breeding establishment without first obtaining a licence from their Local Authority.
A person keeps a breeding establishment for dogs at any time if they carry on at their premises the business of breeding dogs for sale (whether by them or another person).
Applications for a licence must be made in writing to East Cambridgeshire District Council Environmental Services as it is not possible to apply for a dog breeding licence online.
A licence may be issued if the applicant is not disqualified under any of the following Acts.
- The Breeding of Dogs Act 1973.
- The Pet Animals Act 1951.
- The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954.
- The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934.
If this is the first time you are applying for a dog breeding licence, please make arrangements for a veterinary inspector to inspect the breeding establishment using the inspectors form below. You are then required to submit the veterinary inspectors completed form with your application form and licence fee. You must not use your own veterinary inspector to carry out the inspection.
Veterinary inspections are not required for annual licence renewal applications.
Before being granted a licence the applicant must be able to demonstrate to the Council's Licensing Inspector :
- that the dogs will at all times be kept in accommodation that is suitable in respect of construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness.
- that the dogs will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding material, adequately exercised, and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals.
- that all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread amongst the dogs of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of isolation facilities.
- that appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the dogs in case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable and sufficient fire fighting equipment.
- that all appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that the dogs will be provided with suitable food drink and bedding material and adequately exercised when being transported to or from the breeding establishment.
A licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds if those grounds are such that conditions are not suitable for the breeding of dogs.
Each licence is subject to standard conditions that are imposed on all dog breeding establishments licensed by East Cambridgeshire District Council.
In addition to the standard conditions a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your premises.
Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any condition to which a licence is subject may appeal to the Magistrates' Court and the Courts may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as it thinks proper.
The following offences apply to the breeding of dogs:
- Any person found guilty of keeping a dog breeding establishment without a licence may be subject to a fine not exceeding £2,500.
- Any person found guilty of failing to comply with the conditions of their licence may be subject to a fine not exceeding £2,500.
- Any person found guilty of obstructing or delaying an Inspector or authorised Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner in the exercising of their powers may be fined up to a maximum of £1,000.
If found guilty under this Act, the defendant's licence may be cancelled and they may be disqualified from keeping a dog breeding establishment for such length of time as the Court thinks fit.
There is an application fee which must be paid at the time the application is made. The current fee for a new licence is £190.00 + veterinary fees.
Licences are renewable on an annual basis. Completed application forms and the relevant fee must be submitted to the Council before the expiry of the current licence.
The current renewal fee is £177.00
Animal Licensing Policy
On the 14th November 2016 the Council's Licensing Committee approved an updated Animal Welfare Licensing Policy to assist all parties involved in this important area of regulation. Applicants and existing licence holders should refer to this document as it provides a great deal of useful information including the standards expected of a modern animal welfare establishment.
For further advice and information
Licensing Department, East Cambridgeshire District Council. The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EE
Telephone: 01353 665555